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Metastatic brain cancer. Coloured Computed Tomo- graphy (CT) scan of an axial section through the brain of a 63 year old man, showing a large meta- static tumour. At lower left is the tumour (green). Brain tissue is yellow with brain ventricles (fluid-filled spaces) blue. Metastatic cancer is a secondary disease spread from cancer elsewhere in the body. This patient had primary cancer of the lung. Metastatic brain tumours are malignant. Typically they cause brain compression and nerve damage which may cause headache, muscle weakness, sensory and speech disturbances, and epileptic seizures. Surgery may be possible.
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